About the CLRC Middle School Greek Program
Middle School Greek is designed for middle school students ages 10 – 13. The two courses together cover the same material as the first year of the high school level program (Chapters 1 – 10 of Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek) but at a slower pace and with more aids and step-by-step instruction.
Students learn 1st, 2nd, and 3rd declension nouns and adjectives; personal, possessive, reflexive, interrogative, and indefinite pronouns and adjectives; and adverbs, conjunctions, and prepositions. -ω verbs, -α and -ε verbs, and the verb εἰμί are introduced in the present and future tenses; indicative, infinitive, participle, and imperative moods; and active and middle voices including deponent verbs. After completion of the Intermediate Greek courses students are prepared to move into Greek 2 in the high school level program.
Athenaze: An Introduction to Ancient Greek–a series commonly used in both high schools and colleges in the United States–offers a good mixture of both inductive and deductive learning. It includes a clear and systematic presentation of grammar with the regular use of extended readings so students can begin to absorb the patterns of a new language. The narrative passages detail the life of a fictitious Attic farmer and his family in the beginning stages of the Peloponnesian War, interwoven with tales from mythology and the Persian Wars. The instructor supplements the text with an extensive system of colorful charts, paradigm practice, and regular work on English derivatives based on Greek roots.
We provide complete sets of online flashcards that can be printed or used via computer, tablet, or iPhone. Friendly class vocabulary competitions, complete with year end prizes, help to encourage vocabulary development and every homework assignment includes derivative work–finding English words that are based on the new Greek vocabulary students have learned that week–in order to develop students’ English vocabulary as well.
Anne Van Fossen, M.A., CLRC Classical Languages Program Director
Anne Van Fossen spent seven years working with her husband, John, to found a Christian Classical K-8 school in California. Anne was the Director of Program and Curriculum Development and head of the Ancient Languages Department. She has over 15 years of experience teaching classical Greek and Latin to all ages from Kindergarten to adult. Anne earned her Master’s degree in Classics from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she was awarded the Keith Aldridge Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the Classics and taught Greek Mythology, Classical Archaeology, Greek Civilization, and Greek Tragedy as a teaching assistant for four years. Anne earned her bachelor’s degree in Physics and Chemistry (summa cum laude) from Mount Holyoke College and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Societies. Anne lives in Naples, Idaho where she homeschools her three sons with her husband. She loves reading, running, and romping with her boys.